Jim Carrey’s documentary about his artwork is going viral

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Before his dramatic roles in films such as “The Truman Show” and “Man On The Moon,” most people thought of Jim Carrey as simply a goofball— thanks to his hilarious performances in comedy classics such as “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “Dumb and Dumber.” Now, Carrey is once again challenging people’s perceptions of him by revealing  a passion for another talent: artwork.

In a new six-minute documentary entitled “I Needed Color,” audiences get a glimpse of the actor’s artistic side. In the documentary, which was released on Vimeo, Carrey can be seen working with paint and clay and explains that his artwork gives insight into his psyche.



“You can tell what I love by the color of the paintings,” he says in the video. “You can tell my inner life by the darkness in some of them. You can tell what I want from the brightness in some of them.”

The documentary shows his passion for art as all-encompassing, with the actor noting that at one point paintings covered every inch of his home. He can also be seen working on his craft at 5 o’clock in the morning. He says that he loves the freedom and independence that making art gives him. Check out the whole documentary below:

Although fans may just be catching onto Carrey’s flair for fine arts, the star has been at it in earnest for six years. In 2011, he released a painting gallery entitled “Jim Carrey: Nothing to See Here” in Palm Springs.

But his penchant for visual art goes back even further than that. Here’s what he told Palm Springs Life about his proclivity for art as a child.

I was scolded for sketching the teachers. I’d finish assignments early and then draw. After I became famous [on the TV comedy “In Living Color”], my sixth-grade teacher sent me sketches she had confiscated. She kept them because she thought they were cute. She also knew how to harness the energy. If I was quiet, she would give me 15 minutes at the end of class to perform. Today, I’d be on Ritalin, and “Ace Ventura” would have never been made.

A man of many talents! And we’re glad Carrey has gotten the chance to explore them all.


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